Christmas gifts are a funny one if you are travelling. You might not be in one place long enough for there to be present giving, or for your family to send you something. However as I am travelling, I thought I would put together my list of the perfect 10 Christmas Gifts for travellers – because I’m secretly hoping my mum will read this…
Go Pro (from $299)
A top present for travellers and my dream gift! Help your travelling friend to capture all their amazing moments around the world; from bungee jumping to swimming with sharks. Go Pro
Earphones (from $39)
Earphones are a must for any traveller. Long flights, hiking up mountains solo, or sitting on a bus for hours – music helps pass time in many a travellers life. I am forever losing my earphones, I couldn’t tell you how many pairs I have gone through. The Skull Candy range have some great headphones.
Portable Charger. (from $20)
Similar to the earphone situation, there is nothing worse than running out of battery on your phone when you are on a long-haul flight. JBHifi have a good range, including this Jackery 6000mAh Power Bar.
Socks and knickers. (from $10)
I used to hate getting underwear as a Christmas gift. We usually got a couple of pairs of socks in the stocking as kids, which got put to one side while we excitedly opened the rest of our presents. However now, I would be pretty ecstatic to get some socks and pants. Many a sock has disappeared on my travels – usually just one in a pair. I love Toyshop still, for everyday underwear, and they have 3 for $10 on some items.
Scratchable World Map. (from 28.95)
I love these! I’m not entirely sure how convenient it would be to carry around in a backpack, but these are an awesome gift for a traveller, they can scratch off destinations as they make their way round. Uncommon Goods
Polaroid camera (from $99)
Polaroid cameras are making a comeback. For travellers it allows them to capture moments and create memorabilia they can keep forever. Whether it is a picture to remember the amazing people they have met, or a beautiful scenery. The Impossible Project have a variety of cameras and accessories to choose from.
Travel Books. (from $10)
Every Traveller needs a good book for those long journeys, or rainy days. There are some really inspiring travel books out there right now. Guide books are a perfect gift for a traveller with a trip coming up, but travel stories are my favourite. One of my top books is ‘What I Was Doing While You were Breeding’ by Kristin Newman. You can get it from Amazon for around $10.
A lot of travellers will travel with a laptop or tablet. To ensure it is kept safe and unscratched, a case is the perfect gift. Herschel have some cool sleeves (from $18)
Travel Journal (from $15)
I was given a travel journal as a leaving present gift when I was heading to Australia. My friend wrote in some tips and advice about Oz, and places to visit, as she was from there. It is one of my favourite gifts. There are some really awesome travel journals out there, like the one pictured from Uncommon Goods that includes a travel planner, a checklist, a diary, an international translator, and an interactive map. However you could just buy a funky notepad and personalise it yourself.
Cards Against Humanity (from $25)
If you haven’t played Cards Against Humanity, where have you been? The game is incredibly inappropriate and utterly hilarious. It might be a bit of a pain to carry, it’s not too big, but quite heavy but it is the perfect icebreaker for a travellers first night in a hostel. You can even make your own version – it would be a great gift to create a travel edition!